Students can specialize in one of five majors:
The Princeton Review ranks BYU MBA No. 3 in the nation for entrepreneurship. This ranking came before the BYU MBA Program even had an official entrepreneurship major. Beginning the 2012-2013 school year, the entrepreneurship track was made available. The MBA entrepreneur major is designed to help students develop the skills to launch successful ventures.
The finance major prepares students to work in corporate finance and with financial institutions. The corporate finance curriculum is appropriate for students who seek general management positions with a strong finance background. The financial institutions curriculum is more specialized and focused on positions in finance firms.
Global Supply Chain Management
The global supply chain management major prepares students to respond to strategic and operational challenges within an organization. Students are trained to work closely within the company along every step of the production-to-sales process. Coursework includes working with the traditional areas of product design, manufacturing, marketing and sales, purchasing, logistics and distribution, as well as understanding how to maintain strong relationships with the same functional areas in customer and vendor organizations.
The marketing major prepares students for the strategic issues facing marketing managers when choosing target markets as well as gaining, retaining, and growing a customer base in a modern competitive global marketplace. Beyond the first-year core marketing management class, marketing majors are required to take a market research class (MBA 650) and participate in a marketing field study (MBA 651), which must be taken concurrently during the first winter semester. A marketing field study consists of doing a consulting project for a company to address an actual marketing issue in research, entry, promotion, or product management, among other topics.
Organizational Behavior/ Human Resource Management
The organizational behavior/human resources management major provides a foundation for those interested in the study of organizational change, development, and the strategic management of human resources. Curriculum emphases includes leadership, motivation, organizational design, organizational theory, small group dynamics and teamwork, change management, strategic HR, international career management, and changing organizational cultures, among others. Coursework is structured to provide opportunities for practical experience through special projects and student research. The OB/HR major also prepares students for advanced graduate studies in a doctoral degree program.
Minors and Certificates
To allow students the opportunity to develop another area of specialization, BYU’s MBA Program offers the following minors and certificates:
Global Management Certificate (for students who speak a second language)
The Global Management Center sponsors the Global Management Certificate to prepare students to work in international business. Pursuit of the certificate is open to all Marriott School students. The requirements of the certificate are listed by the student’s degree.
The certificate is designed to educate students in a foreign business language, give students exposure to international business in a variety of disciplines, and allow them to participate in an international experience. The Marriott School currently sponsors eleven business language courses: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), English (for non-native English speakers), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Other language options are available to students who do not speak any of the sponsored business languages.
Students who successfully complete all requirements will be awarded a special certificate at a reception sponsored by the Global Management Center and the Marriott School. While Brigham Young University does not recognize the Global Management Certificate program as a college minor, it is the equivalent of a minor in international business. Students will also be able to market themselves to prospective international business employers by listing this accomplishment on their résumé. In addition, the international courses, business language training, and international experience will provide students with an excellent foundation to work in international business. Certificate pursuers are also eligible for the prestigious Eccles Scholars awards.
For further information about the Global Management Certificate, contact the Global Management Center at 360 Tanner Building or call 801-422-6495.
The information systems minor is available to graduate students in the Marriott School who desire to add an information systems component to their graduate experience.
International Business (for students who do not speak a second language)
The purpose of the international business minor is to prepare students to compete effectively in a global marketplace, whether working domestically or abroad. The minor builds on the required global management class by offering classes in the functional areas (accounting, finance, marketing, supply chain, and HR) and eleven different foreign business projects, internships, study abroad, or foreign business excursions.
Social Innovation Minor
The social innovation minor at the Marriott School prepares students to work effectively with a variety of organizations—corporate foundations, nonprofit organizations, corporations, and government entities—to solve vexing social problems in innovative ways. Students in the program are expected to have a deep commitment to working on these issues, whether they do so in a voluntary, advisory (e.g., board member), part-time, or full-time capacity. The four-course sequence in the minor provides students with a solid understanding of the operational, legal, and institutional environment in which work on social issues takes place. Courses will also focus on innovative and entrepreneurial solutions to social issues
The purpose of the strategy minor is to prepare graduates to excel in management consulting, general corporate management, entrepreneurial/small business management, or a career in any of the business disciplines. Students will be exposed to a variety of conceptual models used in addressing a wide range of business issues. The strategy minor is designed to be flexible. Students choose a set of classes based on their own personal and professional interests. Topics include competitive strategy, mergers and acquisitions, executive decision making, creative strategic thinking, strategy implementation, management of innovation, entrepreneurial strategy, and several other strategy topics. Students must choose classes totaling twelve credit hours to complete the strategy minor.